Sunday, January 20, 2013

Jen's Thoughts: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

Published: February 12, 2013
Razorbill, hardcover, 432pgs
Source: publisher
Previous Titles: Bloodlines, The Golden Lily 
Goodreads Summary: In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
I finished The Indigo Spell at 3:30am. Sure, I'm naturally a night owl, but this time it wasn't the insomnia keeping me up. It was the fact that I was so inexplicably floored at the events that had just concluded the book I've been waiting my whole life the last several months for.

I am
JUST.
SO.
HAPPY.

Richelle Mead never fails to keep the action fresh and The Indigo Spell is no exception. It hits the ground running. New dangers. New obstacles. New reasons Sydney finds why she and Adrian can't be together (WHY, SYDNEY? What is so repulsive about the delicious, sensitive, snarky artist who loves you more than he loves clove cigarettes or vodka and calls you things like "The Most Beautiful Creature to Walk This Earth?" WHYYYY, SYDNEY?!) Perhaps I feel a bit passionately about Sydney's life choices. And hey, I get it. It's all in the interest of tension.

Speaking of: are you ready to sizzle? Because the tension is flammable. Reading The Indigo Spell was practically hazardous to my health with all the palpitations and sleep deprivation and the brain-exploding frustration (DAMNIT, SYDNEY) but it hurt so good. Just when you thought Adrian couldn't be any more hilarious, charming, deep, mesmerizing, The Indigo Spell happens. I could give you specific page numbers that highlight the heart-stopping moments, but I'd prefer to let you guys uncover them on your own. The Sydney/Adrian moments have never been hotter.

I'll just say one thing: when you read the words "Alpha Yam Ergo," prepare yourselves.

The Indigo Spell leaves us with a handful of conflicts that could destroy everything (and us, in the meantime) as well as some cameos from some beloved characters. Oh, and remember Wolfe, by the way? Never has such a small character had such a massive impact on me. And we have an epic setup for the rest of the series. And Marcus Finch: is he good or is he bad? So many things could go horribly wrong and the masochist in me is totally pulling a Mr. Burns right now. No one does heart-wrenching like Richelle.

Eeeeeexcellent.

I'm at a loss, though. How does Mead manage to keep it so fresh, so new, so jaw-dropping, after 9 books in the VA world? Does she ever lose steam? Not this time, lucky for us fanatics. For now, we have the perfection that is The Indigo Spell: a Sydrian fan's dream come true.

PS. Remember that time Anna and I met Richelle? 




18 comments:

  1. RICHELLE!!!! THIS BOOK!!!!!! Thank goodness we were reading it at the same time so we could text NONSTOP. Loved it beyond words!

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    1. I KNOW. So grateful to have you to understand all my crazy, emotive text messages amidst such an epic reading experience :)

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  2. MARCUS FLUTIE.

    Ahem.

    Oh my fricken god I am so jealous. Yes jealous.

    I AM SO GLAD THIS TAKES IT UP TO THE NEXT LEVEL AHHHHHH.

    AHHHH.

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    1. MARCUS FLUTIE, indeed! ;) And you will get to enjoy this next level very, very soon.

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  3. Ahhh I'm so jealous! I want to read it now!

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  4. I am SO jealous and need the book now!

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  5. I cannot tell you how happy you (and Richelle) have made me. I love you, I REALLY LOVE YOU! ;)

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    1. HAHA, well it is my pleasure! I love that you are happy and excited for Indigo Spell. It's EPIC.

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  6. I can't wait to read this book! Did you know Richelle linked to your review?!? How awesome is that! :)

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  7. This review is making me scream inside, I can not wait to read this book! I love the world the Mead creates!

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  8. You're so lucky to have read this book already! I can't wait to read and I'm sure it'll be just as amazing as the first two.

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  9. I was just bemoaning the fact that NG is only offering this one up to Aussie readers and I stumble across your review.

    And now I must know what this signifies:

    "Alpha Yam Ergo"

    Hoping the the physical interactions are amped up in this edition because I am READY. Bring it, Richelle. ;)

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  10. Is Rose in this book at all? i miss her sooooooo much!

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  11. I will be thankful to Richelle for ALL OF LIFE for the events at the end of this book. I just finished it last night and oh boy oh boy OH BOY, Jen!!!!

    AYE, there's just so much AWESOMECAKE in this book. Oh, gosh, Jen: Hopper, silver, Velvet Suite, flame in the dark, I DIE. Of happiness. *wiggles feet*

    And oh ANOTHER THING: dual perspectives in Fiery Heart -- can you effing believe me? Because I'm not lying, no.

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  12. Great review, I do believe I have bought some of those books for my stepdaughter recently. Will have to read them myself as well :)

    Ronan Valerio (Seattle Criminal Attorneys)

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